After the Swedish agreement became mere ink on paper under which the Houthis were supposed to leave the city of Hodeidah in western Yemen, the militia changed the identity of the inhabitants of the areas under its control. Several reports monitored the militia’s intensification of religious lessons and cultural courses taught by Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi, founder of the extremist Houthi group.
The Houthis continue to train and disseminate their culture and education in the districts and areas of Hodeidah, which works in parallel with the military, security and economic movements to control Hodeidah militarily, socially and culturally, and to ensure Yemenis’ loyalty.
This is the militia’s plan to marshal the areas under its control in Sanaa, Amran, Saada and other areas.
The militia used the holy month of Ramadan to intensify the sectarian cycles in the mosques of Hodeidah under the title “Ramadan: Month of Jihad” and to distribute the writings of the founder Houthi.
The militia also closed dozens of bookshops and publishing houses in the capital and other governorates in order to ensure that Hussein Badreddin al-Houthi is the only religious reference available to the public.
They seized thousands of books, confiscated printing and publishing equipment, and did not even tolerate the Zaydi Shiite books that do not attack Sunnis. They also confiscated the books of Yemen’s Mufti Mohammed bin Ismail Al Amrani.
Striking the Yemeni identity
On February 3, Yemeni Information Minister Muammar al-Iryani revealed a new crime committed by the Houthi militia. The militia is printing a children’s magazine that promotes the terrorist ideology and threatens Yemen’s identity. He said on Twitter, “The Houthi militia continues to issue a children’s magazine Jihad, which glorifies terrorism, instigates violence and hatred, and contains extremist and sectarian ideas and doctrines on the culture, values and beliefs of our Yemeni people, while the way the international community and the United Nations manage the Yemeni file gives them more time to practice this absurdity.”
The ideological battle with the Houthi militia should receive exceptional and urgent attention, and the mobilization of all energies and capabilities to support the coalition countries, Iryani said, adding that the segments of the society should line up to preserve the social fabric, civil peace and national identity.
Observers warned that the change of educational curricula, especially those targeting Arabic language courses, Islamic education and history, reflect the fact that the national identity of the Yemeni people is being undermined. They change some historical and religious issues and impose their vision of events from a sectarian point of view. They have also changed the names of many schools, especially those related to the names of the Yemeni revolution and some Sahaba (Companions of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them all).